Cooperation Key for Genuine Democracy : Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi signs the guest book of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations in New York on Friday. (Photo: Reuters)

Aung San Suu Kyi signs the guest book of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations in New York on Friday. (Photo: Reuters)

NEW YORK—Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday that the key to achieving genuine democracy in the former military-ruled country is for longtime adversaries to work together and ignore her international fame.

During her first visit to the United Nations in four decades, the Nobel Peace Laureate was asked whether she was concerned about outshining Burmese President Thein Sein, who has put the country, also known as Burma, on the path to reform.

“I don’t think we should think about this in terms of personalities,” she said. “I think we should think about it as a common goal. If we all want to achieve genuine democracy for Burma, we have to learn to work together and not think about our impact as personalities, either in our country or in the world at large.”

Advance schedules indicate that Suu Kyi will miss Thein Sein’s address at next week’s annual gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly.

Suu Kyi met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday in her first visit to UN headquarters since she worked there 40 years ago. She will return to the UN on Wednesday for an event on the sidelines of the General Assembly—the secretary-general’s launch of an initiative for reaching the UN goal of ensuring that every child has a primary school education by 2015.

Earlier this week, the 67-year-old Suu Kyi met privately with President Barack Obama and accepted the highest honor from the US Congress, the Congressional Gold Medal. It was awarded in 2008 while she was under a 15-year house arrest for her peaceful struggle against military rule. She was released in late 2010 and has since worked with members of the former ruling junta that detained her to push ahead with political reform.

A key aide to Thein Sein, minister of the president’s office Aung Min, also met Ban on Friday and warmly praised Suu Kyi to reporters.

“All citizens of Myanmar are very happy that their fellow citizen won such a prestigious award,” he said. “I can assure you that the government is also very proud of this.”

When asked whether Burma’s government is concerned that Suu Kyi might outshine the president, he said, “We don’t worry for that. The president alone cannot undertake all democratic reforms. I don’t think Daw Aung San Suu Kyi can accomplish everything either. Both the president and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will have to work together.

Aung Min pointed to the end of apartheid in South Africa, saying Nelson Mandela couldn’t achieve it alone and worked with then-South African President F.W. de Klerk.

Aung Min said he could assure the world “that the reform process in Myanmar will not be reversed.”


6 Responses to Cooperation Key for Genuine Democracy : Suu Kyi

  1. The Burmese Freedom Fighter

    This is the time to move
    forward in hand in hand, putting aside of our pain, mistrust and blame on each
    other. Common sense of bringing
    democracy to Burma has been reached  in Burma. The leadership of Daw Aung San Suu
    Kyi in our democracy movement has been tested and the need of our support to her is at never higher than now. Lets keep our good job in keepin alive of that common sense for democracy and don’t let it down. 

    The Burmese Freedom Fighter

  2. How does one cooperate with dead Kachins?

  3.  Who the hell asked her such as  stupid question?

    • Aung San Suu Kyi is so wise and great, right? People gives her lots of glassware! Jealous?- must be joking!

      The Americans and the “International Communities” suck up and drum up her, right? Like they did to Mandala- alive. Like Havel- dead. (Chomsky – alive called Havel American Collaborator)

      The Americans and the international business communities are sleepless to help these poor Burmese peasants, right? Like in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, etc, right?

      So this Burma is going to boom and prosper. That is what every one is rooting/drooling for, right?

      And people have to “cooperate”- a code word for submitting to Thein Sein’s half-cooked self-serving-for-the-military plans, right?

      And Thein Sein is killing the Kachins ( or least trying to with help from Papa Chinese, Belarusians, etc)) left, right and centre even though poor sod cannot achieve his Sri Lankan Buddhist brothers’ track record of ANNIHILATION for the last one and a half years and is now seemingly never, right?

      After he killed off all these belligerent Kachins as a lot of Burmese seem to agree with, how can one cooperate with them. With the dead ones???

       Or does  A May Suu mean that the Burmese will cooperate with few left over Kachins after Thein Sein killed the rest?

      Or are there still people shamelessly howling that the killing of the Kachins is nothing to do with the good little bald idiot?

      So, there!

      Cooperate! my foot!

      The Bamar military is getting bigger and stronger. Lapadaung Land Grab backed by the Aung San Suu Kyi admired Bamar Sit-tut is just the beginning of thousands more to come. Law and order is weakest in Burma now in history. Drug production and use is highest in the history. And Aung San Suu Kyi said the “Democracy” is near. She seriously needs a psychiatrist.

  4. George Than Setkyar Heine

    Sincerity, integrity, chivalry, selflessness amongst many others COUNT for that matter as well.
    Certainly Thein Sein has his HIDDEN AGENDA in this deal no doubt.
    His PRIMARY JOB is to COVER HIS BOSS’ (Than Shwe’s) ASS, his FAMILY  and CRONIES’ as well since day one until today.
    And he has been yelling for LIFTING of SANCTIONS in the first place.
    Now Daw Suu is ECHOING/OBLIGING Thein Sein’s  CALLS to END the SANCTIONS.
    Lifting the sanctions would PAVE THE WAY for Than Shwe and his cronies to LAUNDER their ILL-GOTTEN WEALTH no doubt.
    Than Shwe’s GAME since he went out of sight after pushing his clerk (Thein Sein) into his PUPPET SEAT (president) as driver as well he has CRAFTED to GET SApaNCTIONS LIFTED.
    And he has Daw Suu CORRALLED in his PIGSTY PARLIAMENT for that matter ultimately.
    Today Daw Suu says SANCTIONS SHOULD GO!
    U Khun Htun Oo has BARED his VIEW on Daw Suu as PLAYING BALL in Thein Sein’s PIGSTY PARLIAMENT rather than ACTING HER PART as the OPPOSITION LEADER.
    Of course the Shan leader’s FRUSTRATION on Daw Suu has GROUNDS for that matter as well.
    He alleged Daw Suu as being NEUTRALIZED by Thein Sein’s lot in the parliament UNABLE to ACT in her CAPACITY as the OPPOSITION LEADER after given ASSIGNMENTS by Than Shwe’s PROXY in the name of the people’s PROSPERITY and COUNTRY’S POSTERITY.
    Daw Suu is CALLING for COOPERATION with Than Shwe’s POINT MAN (Thein Sein) carrying out his duty (LIFTING SANCTIONS) in order that his BOSS and CRONIES could LAUNDER THEIR ILL-GOTTEN LOOT (robbed and stolen via unjust decrees and laws) and FURTHER  FATTEN THEIR WALLETS at the same time in place of DRIVING HOME the POINT – MAKE the RULE of LAW REIGN SUPREME IN THE LAND COMMENCING WITH CALLS FOR WITHDRAWAL of BURMESE FORCES OUT OF ETHNIC LANDS NON-NEGOTIABLE AND INDISPENSABLE for ETHNIC PEACE LEADING to ETERNAL PEACE in BURMA ultimately.

  5. I don’t think Suu Kyi takes too much pride in her international fame. Having been house arrested for more than 20 years, she became a lot wiser than when she appeared on medias during 8888, 20 years ago. Her ability to get along well with these military backed government has proven that she is no longer the lady who made her first appearance in the public in Myanmar back in 1988. She is not dying for a presidency, every body knows. The words which she said “Learn to work together..” not just only imply to the relationship between the two leaders, but also refer to co-operations between the citizens; minorities and the army and the government body. 

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